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First Impressions of the Neuros Link 64

DeviceGuru writes "Having recently constructed the BoxeeBox, DeviceGuru blogger Rick Lehrbaum naturally was eager to check out Neuros Technology's somewhat similar IP-TV set-top box. Lehrbaum's first-impressions review of the Neuros Link describes the device's hardware and Ubuntu-based software, shows screenshots of its functionality, identifies a handful of weak spots, offers some specific suggestions for improvement, and shares a few hacks (including adding an HDD and Boxee). All in all, he concludes, the Link's hardware is more than worth its minimal $300 pricetag."
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First Impressions of the Neuros Link

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  • Sounds nice but (Score:5, Insightful)

    by drinkypoo ( 153816 ) <> on Friday February 27, 2009 @12:05PM (#27012637) Homepage Journal

    I can't help but feel that a more integrated product (e.g. not based on 100% commodity hardware) could be a little cheaper. This doesn't seem like a great price for what it does. I also can't help but think from his dick-sucking link at the bottom of the article that it's a paid advertisement (on his site, if not this one.) What self-respecting geek wouldn't want to snag one? Puh-lease. This ain't no Quadrocopter. It's a dinky PC. It doesn't even have a slot-loading drive, which would have sexed it up considerably. Or if it does, this shitty adview doesn't say so. Regardless, why does a machine like this need a motherboard with expansion slots? If nothing else, it could be smaller.

  • by johannesg ( 664142 ) on Friday February 27, 2009 @12:26PM (#27012937)

    I thought I'd mention that since the summary can't be bothered...

  • by Yvan256 ( 722131 ) on Friday February 27, 2009 @12:29PM (#27012989) Homepage Journal

    Ugly doesn't even begin to describe this thing. Sure it would look ok for a desktop computer, but for an audio-video device that goes next to a TV? No way.

  • Neuros OSD (Score:2, Insightful)

    by chadruva ( 613658 ) on Friday February 27, 2009 @04:58PM (#27016821) Homepage

    I own the Neuros OSD, which is compact and looks good, simple to use and powerful, however, by todays standards it is a bit outdated, without support HD videos, MKV format, H.264, etc.

    It would be fantastic if they did a Neuros OSD Reloaded, with support for new codecs and features (more powerful hardware), but with the same form-factor, this new thing is not as attractive as the OSD, and for what it is (a media PC) I think they would need to add more value.

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